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 Jan 17 - 23, 2008 
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Here's to Your Health

The governor sets his sights on health care reform

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Gov. Bill Richardson has outlined a plan that could make it easier for the 410,000 New Mexicans without health care to get coverage.


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Council Watch

2008: Back to the Future

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The wilder fringes of the built environment dominated the Jan. 7 City Council meeting, from tents to adobes to very tall cosmetic shells.


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Answer Me This

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A dozen Tasmanian devils cost how much? What was Big Bill's first action off the campaign trail? What were those two guys from Chaparral thinking? What will UNM do to raise graduation rates?


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Final Hours

U.S. Attorney General asked to inspect the proposed closure of the Albuquerque Tribune

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As the Albuquerque Tribune lies on its deathbed, there are still a few supporters intent on finding a cure.


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Thin Line

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Farewell, Rabbit Ears

In just 13 short months, analog television signals, the conduits through which TV has broadcast since its emergence in the late '30s, will cease to be. Anticipated for more than 10 years, old-hat analog will soon be replaced by the not-very-wavy wave of the future: digital television. Aside from improved picture quality, DTV's superiority lies in the fact that it takes up less bandwidth, freeing scarce space within the broadcast spectrum and, according to the government, transforming your viewing experience.


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The Real Side

The El Vado Mess

No way to do historic preservation

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Richard Gonzales bought the old El Vado Motel on west Central in 2005. The motor court was losing thousands of dollars each month. “I can’t make it anymore,” the previous owner told the Albuquerque Journal.


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“Can I get a doggy bag for this?”
Tina Larkin

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Merlot To Go

Little-known law allows those who dine to take home unfinished fruit of the vine

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Oenophiles know the hesitation often born of deciding whether to order an entire bottle of wine at a restaurant. A whole bottle is both an investment and a commitment to five glasses—and a big buzz. But ordering a bottle is no longer such a monumental decision.


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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

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Dateline: New York--In what was either an ugly case of check fraud or an attempt to remake Weekend at Bernie’s, two 65-year-old friends wheeled the dead body of their roommate to a store in Midtown Manhattan to cash his Social Security check. The trouble began last Tuesday when David Dalaia and James O’Hare allegedly tried to cash Virgilio Cintron’s $355 Social Security check at a store in Hell’s Kitchen on their own, police said. The man at the counter told them Cintron had to be present to cash the check, so they went back to his apartment, which at least one of the suspects shared with the recently deceased man. Cintron was apparently undressed when he passed away, sometime within the previous 24 hours. Police said Dalaia and O’Hare proceeded to dress him in a faded T-shirt, pants they could only get up part way and a pair of Velcro sneakers. They threw a coat over his waist to conceal what the pants couldn’t cover. “He was sitting in the chair with his head in the back of the chair,” witness Victor Rodriguez told New York’s KDKA-2 News. “From where I was looking, he appeared to be dead.” As Dalaia and O’Hare were pulling Cintron’s partially dressed, wheelchair-bound corpse into Pay-O-Matic, a check cashing store in midtown Manhattan, they caught the attention of a plainclothes police officer who was eating lunch next door. The officer phoned police, who arrived and took O’Hare and Dalaia into custody. Cintron, 66, was taken to a nearby hospital and declared dead, most likely from natural causes.


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Letters

I figured out why The Don [Schrader] is so different. It's because he's not in our world. He's in a better one. I hope it's not a world like Oz. Although that world with George Bush being the villian and subsequently having a house dropped on him is not without it's appeal. I hope Don's world is more like Whoville. Bush is now predictably the Grinch. This is probably a world best suited for Don. No one eats meat and everyone is just as unusual as he is. The vehicles in this world run without need of fuel. This makes Don very happy. The only problem this world presents to Don is that eveyone is straight. But that doesn't matter because no one has genitals.


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Press On

Printing Press Demonstration

By Alisa Valdes
Special guest Bill Farmer gives a tour of the library’s press room. Try your hand at setting type and participate in a demonstration of one of the replica and antique printing presses.
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A Pretty Fowl Day

Bird of the Bosque del Apache: Field Trip

By Alisa Valdes
A journey to see thousands of birds at N.M.’s world-famous refuge south of Socorro. Drive there or ride in the museum van. Registration required.
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Dide, There's Free Shit at Maple Street

Community Clothing Swap

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Ever been to a clothing swap? It's a helluva good time. People just bring in sacks and bins of old clothing and everyone exchanges to their heart's content. Things we've heard of people scoring from clothing swaps: Jimmy Choo heels, Valentino bags, nice leather gear, brand new makeup, vintage costumes, brand new clothes and so many more unexpected treasures. While this Community Clothing Swap doesn't guarantee high-end apparel for the taking, there is a great variety to sort through. Maple Street Dance Space hosts the swap on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 5:15 to 7:15pm and accepts donations throughout the evening. All ages are welcome to bring their clean women's, men's and kids' clothing and accessories as well as snacks or beverages to share. Not only do you get to bring a home a bag or two of newfound accouterments, but everything left over doesn't go to waste. The leftover garments go to Vision Zero Albuquerque and Thrift-A-Lot, in support of Transgender Resource Center. 
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